Supporting green innovation and practical action
To tackle the Climate & Ecological Emergency we need every green tool in our tool box – plus a whole load of new ones. We need to fundamentally change the way we do business, moving from a consume and dispose society to a circular economy where impact on the environment and society is weighed equally against profit making. Supporting innovative start-up businesses is a fundamental part of the urgent action we need to tackle the Climate & Ecological Emergency.
Here’s a few of the innovators that We have the POWER founder Julia Davies is proud to have invested in:
Reuse & refill
Good Club is the easy way to shop for food, drink, household and personal products sustainably by creating a reusable model offering zero waste to your door and back.
Ecoeats – Zero emissions delivery marketplace platform and service based in St Andrews. They’ll soon be trailing a technology facilitated hyper-convenient takeaway in reusables solution in partnership with the University of St Andrews. The takeaway habit is here to stay and Ecoeats are working with local high street businesses to reduce single use packaging waste and delivery emissions. Making sustainability as convenient as possible is key to bringing sustainable habits into the mainstream. You can follow them @ecoeatsdelivery
Circla is a ‘milk round’ style delivery service that caters for all your beauty essentials delivering ethically made skincare, shampoos, conditioners and body lotions in glass and aluminium bottles. Sign up and leave your empties on your doorstep and Circla will refill them. Only available in parts of London for now but extending its reach soon.
Turning down the tap on new
Kidclo is a fantastic platform for finding the kids clothes you need second hand with the same degree of ease and service as buying new. “New” is not intrinsically better but it is intrinsically less sustainable. Kidclo sort and collate second-hand kid’s clothes. Every time you buy second hand instead of new you are directly tackling the Climate & Ecological Emergency by reducing Carbon emissions, water usage, pollution and exploitation associated with the production and transportation of new clothing. You are also keeping clothing waste out of landfill either here or even worse in developed countries where so much of our disposed of clothing gets dumped. We can’t tackle the Climate & Ecological Emergency without turning down the tap on consumption of new. Reused is the new new!
NuWardrobe is a community-centred online platform to share clothes with friends and other members.
Thrift is an online shop to buy and donate the best second-hand fashion.
Buy Me Once only sell long-lasting products encouraging consumers to only buy things once.
Smile Plastics is a materials design and manufacturing house making exquisite hand-crafted panels from waste materials.
Bristol Wood Recycling Project is a social enterprise working to benefit community and environment by transforming waste into shared assets by providing a competitive wood waste collection service, timber yard for trade and public and a wood workshop.
Divestment – funding a green transition
Clim8 Invest offer investment products to help people Invest sustainably to fight climate change.
Sustainable Ventures develop, invest in and create workspaces for sustainable businesses.
Zero Carbon Capital back UK-based early-stage companies on a mission to address the hardest problems of climate change.
Square Mile Farms bring vertical farms to homes and workplaces leaving more land for nature to thrive.
Kindling Farm works with communities, farmers, health providers, activists and policymakers to challenge and subvert the industrial food system, a system which fuels the crises of climate change, biodiversity loss, and economic inequity.
Better Origin converts food waste into animal feed preventing the environmental impact of growing animal food elsewhere.
Aardvark have developed dog and cat food that uses insects as the protein source and is nutritionally balanced, meat-free for minimal environmental impact.
Brewdog is now carbon negative and investing in rewilding projects as part of that initiative.
Fishtek Marine develops fishing gear technology that works for fishermen and the environment by reducing by-catch.
Albotherm have developed smart temperature regulation for greenhouses reflecting away unwanted light, preventing overheating and lowering the need for carbon and energy intensive cooling systems.
The Scottish Bee Company support the UK’s declining bee population.
NatureMetrics help monitor biodiversity in contexts ranging from conservation to environmental impact assessments.
Powervault manufacture intelligent, economic and sustainable energy storage systems for homes and businesses.
Naked Energy has developed the world’s highest energy density solar technology giving Solar heat and power.
Power Roll has reinvented solar to generate energy anywhere and everywhere, using any surface.
Rovco supplying services and technology to the Offshore Energy Industry across the globe accelerating a clean energy transition.
Zeigo is revolutionising the way corporates buy energy accelerating the transition to renewables.
Dove Renewables owns and operates 2 hydro schemes which generate an average of 820 MWh of clean electricity each year – enough to power the equivalent of approximately 200 homes.
Schools Energy Co-op installs community funded solar panel systems on schools across the country.
Dorset Community Energy has solar installations on schools and community buildings across Dorset.
Bristol Energy Cooperative has been developing community-owned, green energy generation since 2011. In that time, they’ve installed solar and battery assets, and facilitated community benefit payments.
The Solar for Schools Community Benefit Society Ltd (CBS) was set-up in 2016 to enable schools to benefit from solar panels without having to invest themselves, yet share in the expected long-term profits, or surplus income generated by each solar project despite very low government subsidies.
Phycobloom produce Algae based biofuels that are made out of the pollution from the sky, instead of the oil in the ground.
Ionate is a technology company developing next generation Smart Hybrid Transformers revolutionising power flow control to enable the truly future-proof electricity grid.
Reducing greenhouse gases
Byway Travel – Flight free travel – hassle free travel adventures where the journey is the destination. Byway sort the logistics – you soak up the memories. Byway build adventures that don’t rely on flights and showcase that travelling through the world is better than flying over it. With holidays this good, reducing your Carbon footprint is just an added benefit to an all round more memorable experience. Goodbye stressful airports, hello romantic train journeys.
Piclo create technology to make our electricity grids smart, efficient, reliable, flexible and more sustainable.
AirEX have smart ventilation control systems that increase energy efficiency, prevent household heat loss lowering emissions.
Zedify transform urban logistics and create healthier, more liveable cities of the future.
Caldera have developed a Warmstone Heat Battery that can turn your own solar energy or cheap off-peak electricity into heat, storing it until you need it for heating and hot water. A fantastic solution for one of the UK’s biggest decarbonisation challenges – heating and hot water in our homes which accounts for 15% of the UK’s total carbon emissions.
Making stuff more sustainably
Biophilica A new leather equivalent made of leaf matter. Leather is the world’s most environmentally destructive textile with a $500 billion market. PU or PVC synthetic leathers are not the answer, they add to our plastic problem because they can’t biodegrade or be recycled. The world needs a better leather and Biophilica are on the case.
Loopcycle Drives the circular economy by allowing industrial scale recycling and reuse of end-of-life products through traceable exchanges between buyers and sellers.
Storm Harvester create ‘smart’ drainage networks that enable the drainage infrastructure of the future.